In 2003 the government established HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act), a privacy act that requires that patient names be removed from scientific studies. Now Scott Pruitt is paralyzing the EPA's ability to utilize scientific studies based upon the notion that the "data" in scientific studies is "hidden". Redacting patient names from published data has no bearing on the conclusions of the work ! The role of the Environmental Protection Act is to PROTECT US Citizens and the environment. The EPA cannot function without utilizing scientific data. This is truly OUTRAGEOUS !!!